All About Shakespeare: "Will's World" or "Reading Shakespeare"

by  Actors Company

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"Will's World, All About The Bard":  How does a glovemaker’s son, with just little formal schooling, become the best-known playwright and poet in the world? Shakespeare shares his life story, while providing insight into his works and the world of Theater during the time of Queen Elizabeth. This interactive show features excerpts from A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, As You Like It (other play requests welcome in advance), and sonnets. 

"Reading Shakespeare": As a follow up session to "Will's World," OR on its own, Reading Shakespeare provides an opportunity for learners to engage more deeply in a specific Shakespearean plan of choice. The Bard provides clues to making sense of his work, such as punctuation, rhythm, and language. Through fun activities, we find and decode those clues, and examine different voices and themes to make the play more understandable and exciting to read or perform.

Professional actor and Shakespeare expert J.T. Turner brings the Bard to life and makes his works accessible for all. 

Please specify in notes: "Will's World" OR "Reading Shakespeare"...or book two sessions as a series! Please also indicate if you are working on a specific Shakespearean play, and be sure to print out the PROGRAM MATERIALS for use during the program.

Adaptable for Grade 6 through AP and university classes, Adult Learners, and to focus on specific plays. 

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Point to Point: $220.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $220.00
By Request Premium: $200.00

Title 1 Schools may request a $20 discount off the Regular Price of $220. DIscount also available per site when requesting a program for multiple sites to tune in simultaneously. Please inquire at theactorscompany1@gmaill.com . Thank you!


45 minutes - 1 hour (adaptable to your scheduling needs)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Gifted & Talented, International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Professional Development, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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(Note, video is excerpt from our full-length "Shakespeare's Ghost", which Will's World is a developmentally-appropriate, curriculum-based adaptation of for student audiences.)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Unless cancelled due to official emergency (e.g., school closed due to weather emergency), cancellation must be received in writing by The Actors Company at least 1 week in advance of scheduled program, to avoid fees for late cancellations. Those who cancel within 1 week, and do NOT re-book program (subject to 20% re-booking fee) will still be responsible for full program fee.. Please contact us with any questions.

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Actors Company

Waltham, MA
United States

The Actors Company's professional teaching artists offer original, engaging, historical and literary character-based shows, as well as customized workshops in theater topics and mindful & creative movement. 

Our highly interactive programs support educational objectives in ELA, HSS, STE, SEL, performing arts & physical literacy, in schools, as well as life-long learning goals in community settings. Our carefully researched historical & literary shows are presented in period costume, and all our programs are adaptable to specific curricular, developmental, and scheduling needs. 

TAC was founded by J.T. Turner (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), an award-winning professional writer, actor, director, and educator, and is managed by Marci Diamond (MPA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA), also a professional teaching artist/performer. Additional programming is provided by Marisa Diamond (BFA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA). 

All our teaching artists have extensive performance and teaching experience, both virtually and in-person, working with film and theater companies, universities, schools, senior communities, museums, universities, corporate and government clients, and non-profits. For more information: www.jtturner.org www.diamondcircus.com www.marisadiamond.com

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Program Details


Will's World:
1. A chosen participant presents brief introduction to the program (materials will be provided by Actors Company in advance)
2. Shakespeare discusses his early life as an actor and later life as a playwright.
2. Participants will, with William Shakespeare himself, perform several brief scenes from Shakespearean works.
3. Participants will join Shakespeare in recreating the experience of attending a Shakespearean play during Elizabethan times.
4. Question and answer time with William Shakespeare.

Reading Shakespeare focuses on "decoding" a specific Shakespearean play through fun exercises appropriate to your group's specific learning goals and levels.


The participants will:
1. Explore the historical and social context for Shakespeare's works.
2. Develop an appreciation for the humor, meaning, and contemporary relevance of Shakespeare's words and works by engaging in fun, accessible activities.